Psalm 73:7
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New International Version
From their callous hearts comes iniquity; their evil imaginations have no limits.

King James Bible
Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

Darby Bible Translation
Their eyes stand out from fatness, they exceed the imaginations of their heart:

World English Bible
Their eyes bulge with fat. Their minds pass the limits of conceit.

Young's Literal Translation
Their eye hath come out from fat. The imaginations of the heart transgressed;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Their eyes stand out with fatness - "Their countenance is changed because of fatness." - Chaldee. By fatness, or corpulency, the natural lines of the face are changed, or rather obliterated. The characteristic distinctions are gone; and we see little remaining besides the human hog.

They have more than heart could wish - I doubt this translation. Whose heart ever said, I have enough, which had not its portion with God? It would be more literal to say, "They surpass the thoughts of their heart." They have more than they expected, though not more than they wish.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 17:10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Psalm 119:70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in your law.

Job 15:27 Because he covers his face with his fatness, and makes bulges of fat on his flanks.

Isaiah 3:9 The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not...

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless...

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters...

have, etc. Heb. pass the thoughts of the heart.

Psalm 73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

Psalm 17:14 From men which are your hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life...

1 Samuel 25:2,36 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessions were in Carmel; and the man was very great, and he had three thousand sheep...

Luke 12:16-19 And he spoke a parable to them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully...

Nearness to God the Key to Life's Puzzle
'It is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.'--PSALM lxxiii. 28. The old perplexity as to how it comes, if God is good and wise and strong, that bad men should prosper and good men should suffer, has been making the Psalmist's faith reel. He does not answer the question exactly as the New Testament would have done, but he does find a solution sufficient for himself in two thoughts, the transiency of that outward prosperity, and the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

What is Meant by "Altogether Lovely"
Let us consider this excellent expression, and particularly reflect on what is contained in it, and you shall find this expression "altogether lovely." First, It excludes all unloveliness and disagreeableness from Jesus Christ. As a theologian long ago said, "There is nothing in him which is not loveable." The excellencies of Jesus Christ are perfectly exclusive of all their opposites; there is nothing of a contrary property or quality found in him to contaminate or devaluate his excellency. And
John Flavel—Christ Altogether Lovely

The Great Gain of Godliness
'And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. 26. And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen. 27. And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon's table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing. 28. Barley also and straw for the horses and dromedaries brought they unto the place where the officers were,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Of Meditating on the Future Life.
1. The design of God in afflicting his people. 1. To accustom us to despise the present life. Our infatuated love of it. Afflictions employed as the cure. 2. To lead us to aspire to heaven. 2. Excessive love of the present life prevents us from duly aspiring to the other. Hence the disadvantages of prosperity. Blindness of the human judgment. Our philosophizing on the vanity of life only of momentary influence. The necessity of the cross. 3. The present life an evidence of the divine favour to his
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 15:27
"Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh,

Psalm 17:10
They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance.

Ecclesiastes 6:2
God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them, and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.

Jeremiah 5:28
and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor.

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